Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I have enough Drama in my life right now, and I don't really need to add any fuel to the fire



Greetings friends ... I have been a little on the busy side lately, and not able to write as often as I'd like to on the Conservative Thoughts blog.  I just recently had a conversation the other day however, and thought that it would be worthwhile sharing it with you.



I sent out an email blast last week, about stops that BC Conservative Party leadership candidate Dan Brooks would be making.  This is that conversation, which may strike a cord with you -- I know it will with some.



This is an exciting time for our party, as we move forward to a new and brighter future.



Part of that of course is the current campaign now underway to elect the next leader of OUR party.



I am pleased to let you know that BC Conservative Party leadership candidate Dan Brooks will be making stops in ___ xyz city ___ on ___ November 123 ___.



I am contacting you today to see if you will be able to get together and meet with Dan ... and ask any questions you may have about him and the future of the BC Conservative Party.



Thank you for your time and consideration, and I looking forward to hearing from you  ... alan



Here is an edited version of the response I received back:



Alan,



I don't think I will be attending. I have enough Drama in my life right now, and I don't really need to add any fuel to the fire.  



Thank-you for the invite, and please keep me updated with Party news.



I wish you and Dan all the best in rebuilding the Party.



Regards,

Scott __ abc ___



Well I let that discourage me for a bit, but then I said to myself, 'He hasn't said he's given up on the party ... only that he's had enough of all the turmoil'.  So, I decided to take a chance (maybe a risk), and send a reply back:





Thanks Scott ... I appreciate your follow-up, and the sincerity of your comments about the party.

I do not say this with any disrespect ... it is just an observation that I think 'may' be close to hitting the mark.  I think perhaps you are likely like some others in the party; demoralized and discouraged, and wondering, "Do I really want to do this again?"

I feel comfortable in making this observation because it is a place I too have been.



Until this years AGM, I was a Regional Director with the Party for three years.  I got to experience first hand the cancer that was creating a storm of dissent within the party; it was not a place, or a time, that I would wish on anyone. Despite that I (and others) hung in because we believed there must be a true conservative voice in BC -- not a watered down version represented by Christy Clark and the BC Liberals.

I also volunteered as the campaign manager for our Kamloops South Thompson candidate in the May general election.  There were too few of us on our team, but those we had, put in a huge effort to do the work of many -- again because we believed there had to be a true conservative option for people to vote for. Sadly the damage done by the dissidents in our party, had eroded the support we had been gaining, and as you know, we elected no members to the legislature in May.

At that point my discouragement was pretty much complete, and I was close to throwing in the towel.  Then Dan Brooks stepped forward and said he was seeking to lead the BC Conservatives. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone want to do that?"

I had the opportunity to meet and speak with him on several occasions, and every time I did, I heard him speak with power and passion about conservatism ... I heard him speak bout empowering the grassroots ... and making sure that BC Conservatives never again go through the kind of infighting that took place last year.

Personally, I would like to do more than keep you
'updated with Party news' ... and while I appreciate that you wish Dan 'all the best in rebuilding the Party' ... we need all hands on deck for that to happen.

I ask for you to give one hour of your time, and see if Dan makes you a believer that we can indeed create a party that the people of BC can support, starting first of all by governing ourselves in a way that can give others the confidence they'll need to come on board with us.

Its one hour of your time ... but I can't think of a better way to spend it.  You'll see and hear first hand from Dan -- get your own impression of him -- and see for yourself the passion that he has to make our province a better place for all British Columbians.

Thank you for letting me share a few of my thoughts with you ... and I hope you'll join Dan in ___ xyz city
... alan



Okay, so maybe I took a little risk in sending that, but again, I thought it was worth it, and apparently it was because Scott did send an email back to me:




Alan,



Okay.  Let me know the time and place. I will do my best to make myself available baring any unforeseen disasters.



Regards,

Scott



I've been in sales for most of my adult like, and I know you will generally get one of two answers to a request for action; "Yes" ... or "No".  Those who have experience in sales will also take a "No" to simply mean, "Not yes ... yet"

Many involved with the BC Conservative Party, over the past few years, have had more than what I would call our fair share of discouragement. 



That said, it does NOT mean that the need for the BC Conservative Party is any less important than before.

Right now, in my opinion, we are at the point where we are dusting ourselves off and saying, 'We WILL learn to govern ourselves, and in doing so, we WILL show the people of BC that we are ready to govern the province!'

This leadership race is part of that process, and both Dan Brooks and Rick Peterson are out proving that day after day, as they cross the province and meet with BC Conservative Party members and the public.



There is a bright future ahead for the people of BC ... and it will come about by ensuring that we work hard to build a strong and vibrant BC Conservative Party.


I'm Alan Forseth in Kamloops ... with the thoughts of one conservative.  Now, feel free to share yours with me.


FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY:
I went up to Clearwater this morning (Tuesday November 12th) for a breakfast Meet and Greet with members.  In addition to several members who attended, three people also also came out to hear what he had to say about the future of the party, and to talk about the leadership race.  


Today, ALL THREE became BC Conservative Party members!
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